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We have this to loook forward to soon

June 11, 2008

If the Vulcan passes its CAA certification, we can expect this sort of display from the Vulcan.

Remember though, she will only remain flying whilst  the TVOC receive donations and funding, so dig deep and experience the thrill of the only flying Vulcan, perform again.

There are two parts to this video, shot by avro698, and posted on Youtube.  The display was at Wroughton in 1992.

have fun

Andy
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The Vulcan on Monday 9th June taking off

June 11, 2008

Thanks to the fans at Bruntingthorpe, on the constant watch for the latest events with the Vulcan, they have now published a video of the test flight take off.

The real shame is you cannot hear the roar as she takes off, but I am sure you will appreciate this just as well.

Andy
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A video of the Vulcan landing yesterday

June 10, 2008

Sorry its short, but not may people have uploaded their video’s yet.

But for me, it’s the excitement, you know it’s not going to be long now

Andy
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Good news at last for the Vulcan

June 10, 2008

Monday saw a proud day in the history of the Vulcan.

After 15 years of dedicated work, yesterday may have been one of the most important days since the decision was made to save XH558 in the first place.

monday saw the final flight test and the TVOC are on  the verge of being the proud operators of the worlds’ only flying Avro Vulcan.

The test flight was successful, although there were two small radio faults, but these do not require another flight to re-test.

Certification now needs to be completed and collated by Marshall Aerospace and presented along with the  1000s  of pieces of paper generated by the engineering team,  to the CAA for review and the granting of a Permit to Fly for the Vulcan.

No times have been published yet, but we are hoping to hear more in the next two weeks.

Keep up to date and donate money at WWW.TVOC.CO.UK

Andy
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Bad weather pushes back final Vulcan test flights

June 5, 2008

There’s more bad news for the Vulcan.

The Vulcan XH558 has still not been able to fly and obtain her CAA certificate due to bad weather.

The Delta winged lady is still earthbound as the recent bad weather has caused her DA flights to be cancelled.  Without these flights and the associated certificates from the CAA, the Vulcan cannot fly and perform at airshows.

Obviously, this is a strain on the finances of the trust, who have in the past received lottery funding and personal contributions from over 20,000 private individuals.  The ideal situation would have been for Vulcan to attending the Biggin Hill airshow in June and receiving monies from the airshow and donations from the stand from fans, now with the plane having to cancel the show, this will affect the funds heavily.

So, it’s with a cap in hand, that, I ask personally, that people donate, just a little more.  No matter how small.  The Vulcan is so close to returning to the sky.   Let’s just give her that little boost so that hundreds of thousands can see her soar and roar.

Go to the website

Andy
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Bad news on the Vulcan

June 2, 2008

It’s another sad part of my day to find that whilst I have been away, the Vulcan Restoration Trust has had to cancel the Air Display at Biggin Hill.

Unfortunately, the Vulcan has been unable to get its paperwork sorted yet and obtain it’s permit to fly and it’s air display certification so for the time being, she’s still on the ground.

I am sure that everyone understands and will look forward to the day she does fly at a display, hopefully in the near future.

Andy
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The Vulcan flying in a display? Could be soon

April 30, 2008

Biggin Hill International Air Fair, has started selling it’s tickets online.

One very important part to read on their website is that the Vulcan is booked for display on both days subject to it passing its tests.

Now this is excellent news. Its also very good as the Air Fair is helping celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the RAF. This will be a fitting place to have the Vulcan especially as she missed the 25th Anniversary of the Falklands War. This has been booked for the fair after 10 years of detailed restoration work by charity Vulcan To The Sky Trust, costing more than £6m

Subject to final tests this month, it will make its first airshow flight in 15 years at the show.

This will be the 45th time the event is held at the former RAF base.

Book your tickets in advance and get them cheaper by calling 01959 578270/1/2 or logging on to the show’s website at bigginhillairfair.co.uk

Andy
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The Vulcan yesterday, it’s not all bad news

April 17, 2008

The restored Vulcan bomber flew on it’s test flight from RAF Cottesmore yesterday.  As reported, she suffered a set back with the landing gear doors not retracting.

Well other than this, it would appear even this is not classed as a serious fail, and the lads at Bruntingthorpe do not seem disheartened.  In fact there would appear to still be a positive buzz.

It was nice last nice to login and view the Vulcan safely back in her hanger after having to sleep outside at RAF Cottesmore for the last few days.  In fact, one of the guys at The Vulcan Operating Company joked about the landing gear door failing, reporting it might have been because she was left out in the cold. It made me laugh and it shows british humour at its best, no matter what the problem, we can still laugh.

As expected, lots of fans and enthusiasts lined both airfields to see the only flying Vulcan operate, even under test conditions.  Within a few hours of the testing, youtube, the video sharing website, had a number of video clips from the public.  In addition to all this, the BBC reported on the take off.

To be fair to you all and to save doing a few posts, i’ve attached two youtube videos which sum up the days activities.  One is the BBC story, the second is from a watcher, who clearly show the landing gear door not retracting.

Video 1

Video 2

As you will see from the second video, the door is left open, this does not affect the plane, but the tests were cut short to ensure the door did not get stressed or break off.

The final test will continue in the near future and then the display test, where the plane will undergo the display movements which it would do so at an airshow, so that the CAA can certify the plane is safe to perform.  Once done the plane will be free to perform.  Me personally, I am holding out for Biggin Hill, where she is pre-booked to fly once tests are completed as its very close to me, plus they have a spectacular world war II display of spitfires and hurricanes with a mock bomb and scramble display.

To learn more, visit The Vulcan Operating Company website and please join and donate.

Andy
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